Jacques Pépin & Jean Pierre Vuillermet - Nov. 7
On Nov. 7, C.O.O.K. will feature Jacques Pépin, internationally recognized chef and television personality, and Jean Pierre Vuillermet, founder, executive chef and owner of Union League Café in New Haven.
According to “PBS Food,” French-born Jacques Pépin is the renowned host of acclaimed cooking programs, a prolific author, a respected instructor and a gifted artist. He and Julia Child were featured in “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home,” a 22-show series on PBS-TV, which won the James Beard Foundation’s Award for “Best National Cooking Show,” as well as a Daytime Emmy Award. They also collaborated on a companion cookbook to the series.
He holds several distinguished French titles, including “Chevalier de L’Ordre National de la Legion D’Honneur.” The child of restaurant owners, he began his formal culinary apprenticeship at the Grand Hotel de l’Europe at age 13. He worked in Paris and was personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle. He immigrated to the United States in 1959, first working in a historic New York restaurant and then becoming director of research and new development for the Howard Johnson Company. He writes for Food and Wine and is a popular guest on many TV programs, including “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.” A founder of the American Institute of Wine and Food and a member of the International Association of Cooking Professionals, he lives with his wife Gloria in Madison, Conn.
French-born Jean Pierre Vuillermet is a fourth-generation restaurateur, who has been named one of the “Maitres Cuisiniers de France” (French Master Chefs). His pursuit of his passion began with apprenticeships in France and Switzerland. He came to New Haven in 1987 to become a chef at Robert Henry’s, where he made his mark on haute cuisine in the state, receiving the highest critical accolades from the food media. He purchased Robert Henry’s upon the former owner’s retirement in 1993, giving birth to the well-known dining establishment the Union League has come to be. Highly rated by the New York Times, Zagat, Connecticut Magazine and Travel & Leisure, it is noted as one of Connecticut’s best, and has received Wine Spectator’s award of excellence. According to Restaurant Insider, the top-rated Union League Café is “revered for its outstanding wine list, attentive service, sophisticated French cuisine and classic, yet relaxed, atmosphere.”
Seating for the Nov. 7 Chefs of Our Kitchen event with Jacques Pépin and Jean Pierre Vuillermet is limited, so call the Gateway Community College Foundation, (203) 285-2617, today to reserve your place or purchase your tickets online. In addition to individual tickets, attractive sponsorship are available. Be sure to ask about an exclusive opportunity to dine with the C.O.O.K. chef!